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BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading - because we know that reading can transform lives.

Our programmes and campaigns are delivered via health, library, schools, early years and outreach partners.

Please note: Our usual home, unless otherwise specified, is Battersea Studios in London. We are currently a 'work from home' organisation due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with government guidance.


Director of Northern Ireland Office / Senior Stakeholder & Engagement Manager

Contract: Full time or part time, permanent
Work pattern: 3 days (0.6 FTE) or 5 days (to include undertaking of additional remit of Strategic Portfolio Lead)
Salary: £45,000 - £53,000 per annum commensurate with experience (pro-rated for 3 days)
Location: BookTrust is currently a 'work from home' organisation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This role is usually based in our Northern Ireland office in Belfast.

This is an exciting time to be joining BookTrust - our 2020 strategy sets out a new focus prioritising work that supports families in greatest need. Working at a strategic level, to influence policy and decision making nationally, and engage with delivery partners across Northern Ireland, the Senior Stakeholder and Engagement Manager will ensure we deliver on BookTrust's new strategic objectives. The role includes ensuring that the current and future BookTrust offer is securely funded and strategically and sustainably embedded nationally. This role will act as the senior representative - Director of Northern Ireland office, overseeing the small team operating from that office.

As an effective leader the successful candidate will have knowledge of the Northern Irish Political, Governmental and broader stakeholder and policy-making context, and demonstrable experience of relationship management with local and national partners, government and funders. Knowledge of the early years, schools or children and families sector and policy context would be an advantage.

This role is offered on a three days a week contract. If you believe you have something to offer to this role but are seeking a five-day contract, there is the opportunity to expand this role to incorporate the additional remit of Strategic Portfolio Lead across England, Wales and NI.

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages outlining your suitability in relation to the person specification on this link.

Closing date: 8pm, 2 November 2020
Interviews: There will be a two-stage interview process conducted via Microsoft Teams which we expect to take place during mid-November, with appointment made by end of November at the latest.

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BookTrust is an equal opportunities employer

We aim to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability and that all appointments are made solely on the basis of merit.

In order that our equality policy is effective we carry out regular monitoring of job applicants, and we would therefore ask you to complete the equality monitoring form.This information will be kept centrally within our secure HR department, completely separate from your recruitment application form and will be used for the sole purpose of compiling statistical information. The information will be separated from the application form and will not be given to the selection panel. The completed monitoring form will be destroyed once the information given in it has been collated.

BookTrust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Charity no. 313343.
No contact from agencies, please.

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A big thank you to everyone who donated to the BookTrust appeal. With your amazing support, we have sent surprise book gifts to over 12,250 vulnerable children to bring joy and brighten their Christmas.

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